Don't trust cookbooks for safe cooking temperatures
Cookbooks are a great way for getting new ideas on how to prepare food, but you can't always rely on those recipes to give you a safe cooking temperature.
"There was a very interesting study done by researchers from North Carolina State University that looked at nearly 1,500 recipes from 29 different cookbooks. And what they found was that only eight percent of the recipes included information on how hot to make the food to prevent bacterial contamination,” said Dr. John Swartzberg, head of the editorial board at the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.
Many of the recipes said things like "raise it to a temperature so that it's thoroughly done,” but what does that mean?
“They should have given an exact temperature that you had to raise the meat to get a high temperature in the middle to kill the organisms,” Swartzberg said.
Safe cooking temperature is important. Each year about 48 million Americans get sick from contaminated food. You can't tell if a food is safe to eat by looking at it – you need to use a thermometer.
The safe internal temperature for cooked chicken or turkey is 165° Fahrenheit. It's 160° for ground beef, pork, veal, and lamb. It’s 145°for steaks, roasts and chops.